Call for Music Writers... Rock, Indie, Urban, Electronic, Americana, Metal, World and More

Music
cover art

Lisa O'Kane

It Don't Hurt

(New Light; US: 23 Oct 2007; UK: Available as import)

Lisa O’Kane has a clear, strong voice with a deep vibrato which she employs like a secret weapon. She can belt out country songs like a honky tonk mama and express the pain of living with a well-placed ache in her voice. O’Kane also shows promise as a songwriter. She penned three out of the 11 songs here and her compositions reveal a thoughtful head and a passionate heart as she sings about the costs of love. Still, the best things here are the cover tunes. Her version of John Prine’s sorrowful “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness” causes goose bumps, and O’Kane can make you cry on Ernest Troost’s title tale of abuse and redemption. This girl from a small town (population less than 40) promises to have a bright future in country music.

Rating:

Steven Horowitz has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, where he continues to teach a three-credit online course on "Rock and Roll in America". He has written for many different popular and academic publications including American Music, Paste and the Icon. Horowitz is a firm believer in Paul Goodman's neofunctional perspective on culture and that Sam Cooke was right, a change is gonna come.


Tagged as: lisa okane
Media
Lisa O'Kane - It Don't Hurt (Live)
Comments
Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements
PopMatters' LUCY Giveaway! in PopMatters's Hangs on LockerDome

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.